Wednesday, May 11, 2022
So I quit my day job ...
Yesterday was my last day at work. Technically I am on holiday until end of June. And then a 3-year period begins, in which basically my company pays for my inofficial "early retirement", until I can officially retire and receive a state pension. It's a weird construct of European labor law: After me having worked for over quarter of a century for the same company, I have very strong legal protection against being fired. Thus making a deal with me where I stay a home ("released from work") in exchange for a reduced salary is cheaper than firing me. But putting aside the legal details, I'll just say that I am retired from now on.
Maybe, if you don't know me very well and read that title, you thought that I decided to quit my day job in order to put more time and effort into my influencer career on social media. I have seen a lot of YouTube videos like that over the past year or so. It is part of what has been called "the great resignation", a movement where at least some people were prompted by the COVID pandemic to rethink their lives, and ended up quitting bad jobs in order to do something else. On YouTube that "I quit my day job" announcement is usually directly followed by begging for money, via Patreon or YouTube subscriptions. Don't worry, I'm not asking you for money. I'm fine, financially. I only have a rarely used "buy Tobold a coffee" button on my blog, and am not at all counting on any income from the internet.
Honestly, it scares me if young people decide to go for a full-time influencer career. The general public on social media is the shittiest employer imaginable, providing zero stability, being highly demanding, and often being rude about it. An influencer career today is what a career as sports star or rock star was for earlier generations: The glamour of the few very visible successful cases hides the sad reality of the many people who try and fail. And even if somebody achieves a modicum of success and manages to pay the bills at the end of the month with his YouTube / Twitch revenue, that might change any time, when suddenly the subject he is streaming about becomes not popular anymore.
Having said that, being retired I might have a bit more time for blogging, and especially for playing games, which is what I am mostly blogging about.